A Seventh-day Adventist teenager in Bahia, Brazil, has accomplished something remarkable: Her Christian-themed videos have attracted 1.2 million followers on the social media application Tik Tok.
Inspiration for Jey Reis came during a sermon. She was already using Instagram to talk to friends about Jesus, but the preacher shared interesting news: “The Tik Tok app was the most downloaded in 2019!”
Jey believes that the Holy Spirit touched her heart right there, and a video career was born.
Her more than 300 videos have the exclusive objective of talking about Jesus and have already received more than 22 million likes. The Adventist South American News Agency spoke to Jey Jey, as she’s called on social media, about the initiative’s process and results:
What motivated you to start videos on Tik Tok with a Christian approach to young people and teenagers?
Currently, Tik Tok has more than 1.5 billion users. In Mark 16:15, Jesus says, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." Where else could we go to reach everyone if not in a place where more than 1.5 billion people are? I believe that the internet is a pulpit for the preaching of the gospel.
How do you define the themes? Do you talk to someone, read something or get inspired by some other influencer?
My videos are quite varied. I have videos preaching, music videos, and comedy. But always with a Christian theme. To base myself on what I am going to talk about, I always seek the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and, of course, study the Bible. I have a daily study routine; I research a lot on the internet and I always talk to my parents about various topics. From these conversations, the best ideas for my videos surface.
How do you manage the reaction of teenagers who see you as an influence?
The most important thing is to know that nothing I have is for my glory. It is all given by God, for His honor and glory. I am an influencer who is completely influenced by Jesus. And so, I try every day to help my followers to get closer to Him as a friend.
Talk about an experience of someone who saw your videos and decided to do a ministry of this type as well.
Daily, I receive messages from many people telling me that I influenced them to talk about Jesus on social media. Even several pastors! I am very happy to know that my ministry inspires the beginning of other ministries!